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Series Day Welcome + BreakFEAST

8:30 - 9:15am | Industry Centre @ Artscape Sandbox | Guest + Industry Delegates

We welcome series creators and artists interested in exploring series work to an Indigenous breakfast to kick off Series Day. Opening remarks from APTN Executive Director of Programming and Scheduling, Monika Ille.

Indigenous Series in Canada: Past + Present + Future Voices

9:30 - 10:30am  | Industry Centre @ Artscape Sandbox | Free and Open to the Public

Discover the rich history of Indigenous television in Canada through the stories of some of the foundational series creators and how they and other key players, including leading Indigenous broadcaster APTN, created new pathways in the industry for future production.

Once Were Vampires: Indigenous Genre Case Study

10:45 - 11:45am | Industry Centre @ Artscape Sandbox | Free and Open to the Public

Join us for a case study of two series working with genre, and explore in-depth how they block fight scenes, use special effects, and create new worlds.

Future Generations: Indigenous Renaissance through Children’s Content 

12:00 -1:00pm | Industry Centre @ Artscape Sandbox | Free and Open to the Public

Children’s content has the ability to preserve and fortify Indigenous languages, knowledge systems, and values in a way that is fun and engaging for kids. Panelists discuss new opportunities for production in this arena, as well as some of the unique considerations of producing Indigenous content for kids.

Discovery Lunch with NBC’s Talent Development & Inclusion Division

1:15 - 2:15pm | TIFF Bell Blue Room | Invite Only

The Talent Development & Inclusion team at NBC oversees over 20 programs to identify diverse storytellers, groom them for success, and provide a platform to showcase their work. NBC’s Grace Moss provide an overview of these programs and tips for success for Indigenous content creators.

The Art of Adaptation

2:30 - 3:30pm | Industry Centre @ Artscape Sandbox | Free and Open to the Public

Join the creative teams behind Thunder Bay (podcast to fictional series) and The Trickster (YA trilogy to fictional series) as they discuss the challenges and considerations of adapting diverse story forms for the small screen.

APTN/imagineNATIVE Web Series Live Pitch Event

4:00 - 5:30pm | TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 4 | Free and Open to the Public

Come to the largest Indigenous pitch competition in the world! With prizing including a $30,000 licence fee from lead partner APTN, and an additional $10,000 towards production, four teams vie for $60,000 in prizing — the highest pitch offering in imagineNATIVE’s history.

Lead Partners:

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Supporting Partners: William F. White International, BedTracks, Green Spark Group, Technicolor, TIFF, Hot Docs, WIFT-T, TOWebFest and imagineNATIVE

Industry Awards Reception

5:30pm | Industry Centre @ Artscape Sandbox | Guest + Industry Delegates

Join us in the announcement of the largest prize offerings at imagineNATIVE for creative development!

APTN/imagineNATIVE Web Series Pitch Award

This award is the largest Indigenous Pitch competition and awarding in the world. Indigenous creative teams in Canada vie for over $60,000 in prizing. Past winners include Madison Thomas and Darcy Waite’s Colour of Scar Tissue (streaming on APTN’s Youtube channel) and Ryan Cooper and Adeline Bird’s IndigiThreads, currently in production.

NFB/imagineNATIVE Digital Project Prize

The eighth annual NFB/imagineNATIVE Digital Project Prize is a partnership with The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) and imagineNATIVE. Former projects include Tyler Hagan’s installation/interactive site, In the Similkameen/Similkameen Crossroads, and Jordan Bennett’s installation, Ice Fishing, which was selected for the 2015 Venice Biennale. This year we invited Indigenous voice artists to apply to create something new, a digital or interactive experiment, based on the words and voices of Indigenous artists. The winner of this award will work with a $50,000 prize budget to bring their idea to life with a team of creatives assembled with the NFB and imagineNATIVE. The completed project will be exhibited and performed at the imagineNATIVE Film & Media Arts Festival in 2020, and distributed online. This year was the most highly competitive, with over 45 projects submitted.